Closing Thought–03Apr17

Americans are starting to think more an more about their privacy……most of which we have relinquished due to the hunt for would-be terrorists….law enforcement is determined to keep the country and its citizens safe….but at what price?

I know if you watch any TV you have seen where the “good guys” looking for a “bad guy” will run a picture through a facial recognition program trying to put a name to the face.

So you think that some of that is pretty far fetched?

Think again!

Now this is a happy thought (sarcasm)…….

Approximately half of adult Americans’ photographs are stored in facial recognition databases that can be accessed by the FBI, without their knowledge or consent, in the hunt for suspected criminals. About 80% of photos in the FBI’s network are non-criminal entries, including pictures from driver’s licenses and passports. The algorithms used to identify matches are inaccurate about 15% of the time, and are more likely to misidentify black people than white people.

These are just some of the damning facts presented at last week’s House oversight committee hearing, where politicians and privacy campaigners criticized the FBI and called for stricter regulation of facial recognition technology at a time when it is creeping into law enforcement and business

Source: Out Of Control: Half Of All Americans Are Already In FBI’s Facial Recognition Database

Big Brother Is Watching!

That does it for today…I am off to teach my class….but never fear I shall return tomorrow with lots more stuff…..chuq

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10 thoughts on “Closing Thought–03Apr17

    1. I wrote a post awhile back on how they can get your finger print from a peace sign selfie…..all this is just scary sometimes….chuq

  1. Same here. Passport controls use the system to some degree, and it is also used on CCTV captures. Mostly gathered from driving licences, but also from Facebook, and other social media sites. If you put the photo out there, someone will store it.
    Regards, Pete.

      1. I have car license and the pic is butt ugly…I should be arrested for an assault on the eyes…LOL chuq PS my Yemen post is up now…..

  2. *grin* I figure, if they want my face, they’re the ones who will have to look at it, making it ‘just desserts’…. Besides, having operated for a long time under the assumption, if they want you, they’ll come for you, I don’t fret; I prepare. If they come for me, they’ll need to bring lots of help, and be ready to deal with me….

    All okay by me; I’ll be taking an honor guard with me, to pave the way to hell….

    There’s always something to be afraid of…. or, there is always something to be prepared for…. It makes more sense to me to prepare than to be afraid… Just assume they will do whatever they can to soothe their own fears, meaning they’ll do practically anything, and, assume they don’t have your interests in mind when doing so, only their own…. Makes them easier to predict….

    gigoid, the dubious

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